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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 15, 2009 9:51pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Unable to view movies as they should be

The quicktime versions should still play, I am a PC person so I don't know what may be causing the problem. I don't even work here (they think I am satan). You should kick that little punk in his undropped nuts.

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Poster: johnmmc Date: Jan 16, 2009 4:40pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Unable to view movies as they should be

Thank you so much for your reply and for coming to my defense. I feel vindicated!

I have hastily read the Internet Archive notice about its having made major changes in the ways that it movies can be viewed and/or downloaded. That probably is the source of my problem, which might be solved by adding new software. However, that is a Mac problem and not the IA's. Fortunately, I'm still able to get into most of the Old-Time Radio shows, especially "The Whistler," "Suspense," and "Inner Sanctum."

I did write the IA once to ask why all those radio episodes of "The Shadow" had been removed. No one has responded; the only reason I can think of is that it's a copyright issue, but it would be nice to know for sure.

Once I've got the problem solved, I plan to send a donation of appreciation to the IA, as long as I don't get replies like the one you referred to. I'd like to carry out your suggestion, but I don't believe in abusing children.

Gratefully,


John M. McClelland
Longview WA

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Stafftracey pooh Date: Jan 18, 2009 10:47am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Unable to view movies as they should be

i believe the shadow takedown was due to a request (by presumably an entity with ownership rights or some vested interest).

have you found and/or tried the "VLC" player?
(http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ )
that generally does a good job on just about every platform.
(i am a mac (leopard) user but being a cmd-line geek i use "mplayer" on the command line so i don't use VLC on mac myself).

--tracey, archive webmaster


PS: OH, and given that our .mp4 files (which are used in our /details/ page "inline" flash plugin based viewer as well) are now coded in h.264, that generally takes more oomph to decode and play. can you see our movies play in the web browser in the flash plugin? that at least works nicely on macs, even older slower ones (i use Air at home, and a ~5 year old PPC mac laptop at work. if i "fullscreen" them, i do often get "jerkiness" -- but i'd guess i wouldn't see that typically if my processors were a bit faster).




This post was modified by tracey pooh on 2009-01-18 18:47:06

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Poster: johnmmc Date: Jan 21, 2009 11:16am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Unable to view movies as they should be

Dear Tracey,

I have added the services (flash plug-in etc.) that you suggested in your kind message in order that I be able to watch IA films without jerks or pauses in the image, which I was able to do before IA made the changes. All have been placed in my iMac Panther's Applications file, which is where I assume they belong.

I also downloaded the new Quicktime with H.264 (also in Applications along with the old Qucktime Player). This one has made a difference in that I can watch a movie without as much distraction, but jerks and pauses remain on a lesser scale, and the sound is never on track.

I hate to be a pest, but do you have any other suggestions other than buying a new computer?

Yours,

John McClelland
Longview, WA

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Stafftracey pooh Date: Mar 27, 2009 7:13pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Unable to view movies as they should be

are you talking about jerking happening, BTW,
in the /details/ page on our site
OR when you download them to your computer
and try to watch them with QuickTime?

if it's on the /details/ page, and you are either on a slow connection or very far from us 8-) you could try "click to play", watch it start buffering (progress bar), hit stop, and let it buffer until a lot of the video is loaded and then try play/resume to see if that's it.

the autobuffering will only play the video until its buffer runs out. then it has to pause and download more video before it can play....

-tracey

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Poster: johnmmc Date: May 5, 2009 6:50pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Unable to view movies as they should be

Dear Tracey,

Thank you for your kind reply. I had some difficulty opening the site (address) with your message (copied below), which is one reason why I'm so late in replying to you.

The jerking and sound stops occur after I've opened the film and it appears on the screen. QuickTime gives me audio only. I can't download the software to get Ogg Video. Apparently, there is not enough room on my Mac 0S10 (Panther). Only Windows will bring blurred images to the screen, even after it has stopped buffering, and the jerking, sound stop continue.

There are certain films where I can "click to play," but the results are the same. Comcast maintenance soon will do a sweep of our neighborhood to correct problems that we and our neighbors have been having with Comcast phone, cable TV, and internet. Maybe that will improve things. My parents in Seattle also are on Comcast, and I have no problem viewing films on their Dell which is a few years newer than my iMac.

I know that IA has made some changes, and I fear that my iMac maybe just can't cut it anymore. Times being what they are, I can't really afford to replace it. Fortunately, there is no problem with IA's Old Time Radio, and I joyfully turn to it every night before bedtime to enjoy the programs of my childhood and youth ("Suspense," "The Whistler") and others that predate it, such as the Jack Benny and Fred Allen programs of the '30s and '40s. I miss listening to "The Shadow," but evidently IA ran into some copyright problems.

I am so grateful and am now a registered IA user. One of these days, I'll send a donation, albeit modest, to express my appreciation of this invaluable service of which you are a part.

Again, thank you for writing.

Yours,

John McClelland
Longview, WA


are you talking about jerking happening, BTW,
in the /details/ page on our site
OR when you download them to your computer
and try to watch them with QuickTime?

if it's on the /details/ page, and you are either on a slow connection or very far from us 8-) you could try "click to play", watch it start buffering (progress bar), hit stop, and let it buffer until a lot of the video is loaded and then try play/resume to see if that's it.

the autobuffering will only play the video until its buffer runs out. then it has to pause and download more video before it can play....

-tracey